Technology is having a huge impact in the healthcare sector and we believe this will continue for the foreseeable future.
Here are 5 ways in which we see the healthcare sector being impacted by technology:
1) Digitalising healthcare records
Electronic health records help leverage and improve the way health care is delivered. The ability to have information at your finger tips is crucial for accurate decision making. We see the benefits of this in our daily lives, so why would we not want the ability to have it when we are talking about our most important asset, our health.
The efficiencies of holding the data electronically are also massive. It is both financially beneficial as well as creating a more productive environment. This also leads to a more motivated workforce!
2) Utilising ‘apps’ for a healthy lifestyle (fitbit as a example)
Most smart phones have some ability to count your number of steps…the pedometer. Fitbit have gone that one stage further by producing a bracelet (or equivalent) style object which can count your steps and will ‘beep’ when you have done the recommended 10,000 steps in a day. It can track other aspects of your health as well such as heart rate, calories burned, sleep tracking and number of ‘active’ minutes.
It is common knowledge that obesity is a huge issue around the world. Studies show that over two thirds of adults are classed as overweight or obese. Fitbit (and other equivalents) aim to get people more active in a passive way.
3) Making better and quicker diagnosis
Linked to digitalising records, having a full medical history available at the click of a button means that diagnosis and decision making is improved.
Technology can help find trends within individuals and historic cases and this actively helps doctors find quicker ways of making the right diagnosis.
4) Helping communication between doctors and patients
Ensuring that doctors and patients communicate is essential to an improved healthcare service. Ensuring a patient can liaise with doctors more easily, is a way of helping ensure doctors see the right people at the right time.
Online information has meant that patients can self diagnose and know how to deal with their condition without attending a surgery. CLEARLY, this needs to be taken with caution and ensuring you get the right advice is imperative. Always check the website you use for authentication.
5) Encouraging doctors to share knowledge via social media
Difficult cases/diseases/conditions often require more than one brain. Ensuring that doctors can communicate across borders will help and hopefully provide solutions to some very cruel and difficult medical issues.